Mary Lou Retton, the famed 1984 Olympian who took gold seemed to many to be a powerhouse impervious to infection.
However, earlier this month, the champion was hospitalized and found herself fighting for her life due to a rare form of pneumonia.
On Monday, Retton’s daughter, McKenna Kelley, reported that Retton is now recovering at home and doing well.
Retton’s relieved daughter wrote: “Mom is HOME and in recovery mode. We still have a long road of recovery ahead of us, but baby steps.”
Kelley’s Instagram post continued: “We are overwhelmed with the love and support from everyone. Grateful doesn’t scrape the surface of the posture of our hearts.”
Kelly added: “Thank you, Jesus, thank you, doctors and nurses, thank you to this loving community of support.”
Kelley’s update comes just a few days after her sister, Shayla Kelley Schrepfer shared that Retton had experienced a “scary setback” while still in ICU.
Schrepfer did not share what the setback was but wrote: “Basically at the beginning of this week, we were going on the up and up. We were so excited seeing so much progress. And then yesterday, we had a pretty scary setback.”
Retton’s hospitalization has been a roller coaster — from a difficult diagnosis to good news to setbacks to release, Retton’s family has stood by her side.
McKenna Kelley, one of Retton’s four daughters, was the first to post an update on Instagram. That good news would not last long, but the consummate champion bounced back and is now home.
Fox News reported that Retton’s family created a donation page earlier this month, sharing that the Olympian who won the hearts of millions in the 80s did not have medical insurance.
“My amazing mom, Mary Lou, has a very rare form of pneumonia and is fighting for her life. She is not able to breathe on her own. She’s been in the ICU for over a week now. Out of respect for her and her privacy, I will not disclose all details. However, I will disclose that she [is] not insured,” the post read.
In an overwhelming show of support, the initial goal of $50,000 was surpassed by 900%. More than 8,300 people donated nearly $450,000. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) has also pledged support.
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